Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: Age of Innocence ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Age of Innocence
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: anonymous777-ga
List Price: $150.00
Posted: 19 Nov 2002 13:40 PST
Expires: 19 Dec 2002 13:40 PST
Question ID: 110826
What are the major and minor "differences" and details between the
film "Age of Innocence", directed by Martin Scorcese, and the book
"Age of Innocence"?  I need information comparing and contrasting the
similarities and differences between the book and the movie and I have
not read the book.  I have seen parts of the movie, but I need to know
the specific differences that exist between them both.
Subject: Re: Age of Innocence
Answered By: legolas-ga on 19 Nov 2002 15:00 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi anonymous777,

I was able to find quite a bit of information on this topic. 

I’ve included a few links to conversations about the subject:
remember, these are only viewpoints represented by others who want to
know the same thing.

This person seems to think the primary differences between the movie
and the book is the ending of the movie which differs slightly from
the book.

This person takes a more ethereal view of the difference between movie
and book: “…the book allows more room for your imagination…”

There is also, for a cost of $9.95 per page, a five page report that
discusses and compares the 1993 movie with the original book.

Another good (and free) source of information on this topic is from
SparkNotes. It includes an overview of the book and more in-depth
information on the book.

One other place, which offers a free 500 word essay on the differences
between book and movie is at:

Essentially, from what I understand, the movie follows the text of the
book fairly closely. There are differences however between the book
and the movie: the movie shows the characters much more simply and
flat than that of the book and provides far less detail and depth into
the nature and history of the story than the book. Overall, the movie
is an excellent watch—and the book an excellent read. Well worth the
time to read and watch both yourself!
Thanks for using Google Answers. If you require clarification on this
question, please ask prior to rating this answer.

Search terms:

"age of innocence" movie book differences
"age of innocence" comparing movie and novel

Request for Answer Clarification by anonymous777-ga on 20 Nov 2002 09:33 PST
i need specific events that occured or did not occure in the movie
that did not in the book! i need specific actions or major differeces

Clarification of Answer by legolas-ga on 20 Nov 2002 10:16 PST
Specific differences were included for you in the link provided at:

Like I mentioned originally, the movie seems to follow the book very
closely--with few alterations.

There is a usenet discussion on some aspects of the movie that were
different than the book. However, you will have to read the entire
post to get all the information:
Other discussions on the difference between the movie and book:

I think I've also found you a list of the "differences" in a way that
you might like:

As I've mentioned, there is actually very little changed from the book
to the movie, however, the links above point out some of the minutia
that was changed. Also, again, take a look at the essay (the link at
the top of this clarification) for a slightly more academic viewpoint.

Thanks again for using Google Answers. I sincerly hope I've been able
to lead you to fruitful sources of information on the differences
between the movie and book.

Search terms:

"Age Of Innocence" movie book change
"Age Of Innocence" movie book difference
anonymous777-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Age of Innocence
From: luciaphile-ga on 20 Nov 2002 12:29 PST
FWIW, the Scorcese adaptation is pretty faithful to the book. The
narration, for instance, is kept intact. Some critics felt it's too
faithful in some respects, making for a fairly static movie.

If you can get your hands on Masterplots (either the books or the
database,) that might help with the events of the book.


Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy